Richard Zelade – Austin in the Jazz Age

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

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Date(s) - 12/05/2015
2:00 pm

Austin History Center, Reception Room/Holt Gallery


Austin in the Jazz Age

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We invite you to join us for a presentation on Austin in the Jazz Age by the author, Richard Zelade, followed by a book signing.

About Austin in the Jazz Age

Though renowned, Austin’s contemporary music scene pales in comparison with the explosion of creative talent the city spawned during the Jazz Age.  Dozens of musicians who started out in the capital city attained national and international fame – but music was just one form of artistic expression that marked that time of upheaval.  World War I’s death and destruction bred a vehement rejection of the status quo.  In its place, an enthusiastic adherence to life lived without question or consequence took root.  The sentiment found fertile soil in Austin, with the University of Texas at its epicenter.  Students indulged in the debauchery that typified the era, scandalizing Austin and Texas at large as they introduced a freewheeling, individualist attitude that now defines the city.  Join author Richard Zelade in a raucous investigation of the day and its most outstanding and outlandish characters.

About the Author

Richard Zelade is an author and historian from Austin, Texas, and a graduate of the University of Texas.  His writing has appeared in Texas Parks & Wildlife, PeopleSouthern Living and American Way, among others.  An author of five other books, Zelade studies Texas geology, weather, geography, flora, fauna and ethnic folkways, including the medicinal and food uses of native plants.  This is his second book with The History Press.  Visit for more details.

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